Essaouira, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Smoking marijuana, or “kif” is illegal in the Kingdom of Morocco and the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for both the tourism dollars and the $US7 billion dollars that makes kif their largest source of foreign currency.

Law enforcement: If you don’t smoke openly in public (i.e. on the beach), you won’t have any problems.

Where to buy marijuana: Morocco has very high unemployment and, as a result, there are always bored young men wandering around who see themselves as “guides” but are frequently little more than dealers. If you’re approached by someone offering his services, he can almost certainly sort you out or point you in the direction of someone who can, even if he doesn’t initially mention hash.

Marijuana prices: $1-2 a gram. More expensive than the Rif as the dealers have to bribe the police to get their shipments down from the mountains (as they will be keen to tell you).

Marijuana brands: Most of what is available down in the south of morocco is cheap, faily low quality hash. It is frequently adulterated with henna and it’s thereofre worth pressing your dealer for some of the better stuff that he ineviitably keeps and smokes himself. At worst, you are going to buy a lump of hash that British smokers will be familiar with as “soapbar”. At best, there’s some nice stuff down here, though not usually of the quality you find in the Rif mountains.

More information: Essaouira is a sea-side town that has recently begun to transform itself from faded hippy destination to a “Moroccan riviera town”. There are increasing numbers of middle class, middle aged Europeans here. It is also the wind-surfing capital of Morocco with constant wind and relatively shetered, peaceful seas. Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Orson Welles and many others have lived here in the past. There is now a huge and, by all accounts, quite spectacular festival of Moroccan music here every year. Despite its gentrification, it’ still a very nice place.

Taghazoute is just down the coast from Essaouira, towards Agadir. It is Morocco’s board surfing capital and also plays host to large numbers of caravanners from Europe who over-winter here. It’s a pleasant enough place, though a bit dull if you’re not into surfing, drinking cheap spirits and wife swopping! The surfing community guarantees a good supply of hash and other drugs. We saw some poor quality opium here.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: Smoking marijuana, or “kif” is illegal in the Kingdom of Morocco and the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for both the tourism dollars and the $US7 billion dollars that makes kif their largest source of foreign currency.

Law enforcement: This can be either vigilant or comically lax, depending on current world affairs, the season, location in Morocco, and temperment of the local chief constables. In Marrakesh police are everywhere but are usually uninterested in nailing western tourists trying to score twenty bucks worth from the teens at the tea shop. Be more careful of police informants trying to find someone to take the fall for them. Never tell a dealer where you are staying or what your travel plans are, no matter how friendly they are.

Where to buy marijuana in Marrakesh: In Marrakesh, just follow the tourists, the dealers are never far behind. If you are male and don’t look Moroccan, you will likely be approached a dozen times or more in your first day in the city, particularly at dusk and in crowded areas, like the Djemma-al-Fna, the giant central market square in the medina where all the action happens after sunset. While you’re oblivious and wandering around, someone will slip behind you and whisper “hashish?” into your ear. After a few days in the city, this will mostly stop as the dealers recognize you and know you’re not interested. Anywhere in the medina, falling into conversation with young males loitering around is likely to bear fruit as well.

Marrakesh Marijuana prices: This varies a lot depending on the individual and situation. Most dealers speak some English but knowing even a little French or Arabic can help lower prices as dealers always assume English speakers are rich. Also, bargaining in Morocco is almost as accepted a religion as Islam and locals love to wrangle over the price of just about anything with tourists. Expect a ridiculous first offer and counter with about a quarter of what they suggest. Mentioning competing offers (even if they’re totally fictional) can be effective to get a dealer to lower his prices. Many dealers will also give ludicrious estimates of the weight you’re recieving so take everything in stride. Dealers are often loath to let you see the product until they get the money too. In my last purchase, these two cousins selling spices on the outskirts of the medina sold me “10 grams” of hash. Of course, that seemed to be a gross overestimate of the actual weight. They asked for 400 dirham but after a lot of small talk and a tea in the nearby cafe we agreed on 160 dirham (about 18-19 USD at the time). I don’t know how much the stuff actually did weigh but it got several people perpetually stoned for a week, which was good enough for me.

Brands: Although I’m sure there are upscale dealers, the vast majority of what’s available is “Rif kif”, the famous hash grown and silked in the nearby Rif mountains, Europe’s largest source.

More information: I’ve also heard good things about Essouira, a coastal hippie enclave that hosted Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stephens in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s real laid back compared with Fez or Marrakesh and reportedly easy to score cheap hash in.

Rabat, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: anyone caught could face jail but very unlikely.

Law enforcement: 80 per cent of policemen can be bribed for relatively cheap. there are exceptions though which could result in time. probably not though.

Where to buy marijuana: Hash dealers frequent the Medina and Centre

Ville neighborhoods at night – as a tourist this is where you are most likely to end up. many taxi drivers may offer as well if you are clearly a tourist.

Marijuana prices: If you are a local or can pass yourself off as one you could get 10 g for 200 dirhams, for tourists it is around 500 dirhams for the same amount. Feel free to haggle.

Marijuana brands: In the city, you might find Golden Pollen which is the best you can get in Rabat. all very good hash though.

More information: Moroccans are natural born hustlers of tourists. although the dealers aren’t too dangerous they will definitely attempt to hustle you by either grossly overcharging or selling chocolate wrapped up is a popular one too.

Rif, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 2.5

Legislation: Smoking marijuana, or “kif” is illegal in the Kingdom of Morocco and the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for both the tourism dollars and the $US7 billion dollars that makes kif their largest source of foreign currency.

Law enforcement: Discretion is the key word here. The police are not interested in small time smokers: in the north of Morocco, a high proportion of the local men (and a fair few local women) smoke kif – poor quality ground marijuana mixed with ‘tabac sauvage’ [illegally cultivated tobacco] – and hashish. Do NOT travel with anything more than a few grams (i.e. anything you can quickly swallow or throw away). If the local police think you are involved in smuggling (even on a very small scale) you can look forward to a few very unpleasant years, stuck in a local prison. Think Midnight Express.

Where to buy marijuana in Rif: The main town that is tourist-friendly in the Rif is called, variously Chefchaoen, Xaoen, Chaoen all pronounced “Shao En” (it means “look at the peaks!”, I believe). The town is built on top a a spur underneath one of the higher peaks in the Rif. It’s a very interesting a picturesque place that non-smokers will enjoy as much as those of us who go for the fine hashish. Buying in and around the town is easy. Tourists, especially young tourists who have only been in town for a day or so, will be approached frequently and offered hashish and kif. In general, it’s perfectly safe to go with these guys. They can be boring, high-pressure salesmen. They may well try to fob you off with poor quality stuff and keep from you the better stuff they have. They may be mildly aggressive and (if you’re a women) lecherous. But they’re generally ok. Look for one of the cleaner looking, younger dealers and keep and eye over your shoulder for the police (but don’t stress).

Elsewhere in the Rif: the Rif is sparsely populated , harsh, dry and mountainous terrain. It is dotted with villages predominantly occupied by local Berber tribespeople, many of whom live off subsistence agrculture (some fruit and veg) and small scale hash farming. Much of the hash farming is controlled by a loose, unofficial mafia. The smuggling is all controlled by this “mafia” (who are largely based around Ketama) and by local military/law enforcement. DON’T get involved or you’ll end up in jail. The Rif is very dry and this weather tends to mean farmers harvest their plants before they are fully ripe (before they die of drought). There is little irrigation and much irresponsible use of chemical fertiliser. The best hash produced in Morocco is produced high-up in remote villages in the Rif, where there is more moisture and, unfortunately, no road. So you’ll have to get your boots on to find the best stuff. The main growing region is, roughly, north of Ouezzane, East of Chefchaoen, west of Ketama and south of the coast. It is considered to be unise to buy in Ketama as there’s a high concentration of bored police and military here, on the look out for naive European smugglers to arrest. Having said that, for all the horror stories about Ketama, it seems like an ok place. If you want to meet some propoer “gangters” (usually pretty friendly, in my experience) head for somewhere like El Jebha, on the coast. You wont see another tourist for days.

My advice is: get some good hash in Chefchaoen, head down to the coast by taxi (I recommend going to Oued Laou) and then make a few trips in to the hills to see if you can find anything interesting.

Rif Marijuana prices: Varies. Typically around 15dirham a gram (a little over $1, a liitle under £1 per gram) for hash ; kif is very much cheaper, maybe 2dh a gram. Very good quality hash may be more expensive but bear in mind that the locals would pay, maybe 6dh a gram for the best stuff. Cheaper, of course, if you buy in quantity. Many dealers will offer to make you “caramelos” which are pre-wrapped lozenges weighing 3-5g, prepared for smuggling (by swallowing). Beware poorly wrapped caramelos and dealers who might cut a deal with the cops to arrest you at the border (when you’re far from Chefchaoen). I don’t recommend buying caramelos (tends to be lower quality stufff anyway) or smuggling: it’s not worth the risk.

Brands: Kif – poor quality ground marijuana mixed with ‘tabac sauvage’ [illegally cultivated tobacco]. Smoked in long thin pipes. The locals prefer to smoke kif. The tobacco is stronger than the weed, it’s fair to say. Not to most westerners’ tastes.

Bog-standard hash – plenty of it. Tends to be pale sandy colour. In dealers’ houses you will see football sized bricks of this stuff. Tends to be poorly, roughly pressed and have a dry gritty texture. You will need to re-press it. Is better than English soapbar/flat press, but not much. Moderately strong, cheap, dirty.

‘Zero-zero’ ‘sputnik’ etc The Moroccans have picked up a glossary of nicknames for their hash. These mean nothing but are meant to denote higher quality stuff. Sometimes, if you insist politely (or have an on-going relationship with a dealer) they will actually come up with something special along these lines. This can be some of the best quality hash in the world, or it can be just a bit fresher than the bog-standard hash. As with all good hash, it should press and cohere easily from the raw “pollen”, forming sticky resin with only a little pressure and body-heat. If you need spit or steam or warmth from a tea cup to get the pollen to cohere, it’s not the best stuff. As hash, it should snap fairly easily, with a clean break and should bend with a degree of plasticity. It should bubble violently at the merest touch of a flame.

Amsterdam quality – a small quantity of hash is produced by specialists (the Hashdoctor, Rifman etc) who are usually visitors from Northern Europe. They work with locals at producing very high quality, organic hash for export to Amsterdam. You wont find any street dealers in Chefchaoen selling this stuff but if you’re adventurous and lucky, you might find something of this quality up in the hills. Will be expensive but this is probably the strongest “old world” hash around (the Nederhasj/Isolator stuff in Holland is, of course, stronger).

More information: Many of the herbalists in Chefchaoen sell dried opium poppy heads, for making tea. Ask for “Rash-sha-sha”. Boil 30-40 poppy heads for 2hours or so to make a very potent opiate brew. Tastes unbelievably foul but will be a transport of delight. You can make 3 or 4 pots of tea with one load of poppy heads: just reboil them with fresh water for an hour or so.

Settat, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Smoking marijuana, or “kif” is illegal in the Kingdom of Morocco and the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for both the tourism dollars and the $US7 billion dollars that makes kif their largest source of foreign currency.

Law enforcement: Discretion is the key word here. The police are not interested in small time smokers: in the north of Morocco, a high proportion of the local men (and a fair few local women) smoke kif – poor quality ground marijuana mixed with ‘tabac sauvage’ [illegally cultivated tobacco] – and hashish. Do NOT travel with anything more than a few grams (i.e. anything you can quickly swallow or throw away). If the local police think you are involved in smuggling (even on a very small scale) you can look forward to a few very unpleasant years, stuck in a local prison. Think Midnight Express.

Where to buy marijuana: you can find some dealers near ibn-abbad or errazi highschools,but they only sell very low quality hashish and only for young people.

the best way to get good quality hash and with big quantity is in dallas (it was named afther the american dallas) but it’s a very dangerous district , there’s three famous dealers who sells hash at their homes (the police can’t get them because their in a dangerous district as i said before) but lately one of those got caught outside town.

Marijuana prices: the prices are very low nearly 10 to 15 dirhams per gram , don’t ask a dealer if you don’t want to buy because it could be very dangerous for you.

the broke locals usually buys a quantity of one or two joints, one for four dirhams two for seven

Marijuana brands: there’s the hash that can be bought anywhere

weed and kief or kif could be be purshased from big dealers

More information: don’t ask a dealer for cocaine,heroin,crack, or other drugs the only drug you can find is weed ,hash and kief.

if a dealer offers you some red pills or any other type of pills don’t buy them, because they can take your head off forever (that’s what happend to a friend of mine after only five uses of those pills).

Taghazoute, Morocco

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Smoking marijuana, or “kif” is illegal in the Kingdom of Morocco and the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for both the tourism dollars and the $US7 billion dollars that makes kif their largest source of foreign currency.

Law enforcement: If you don’t smoke openly in public (i.e. on the beach), you won’t have any problems.

Where to buy marijuana: Morocco has very high unemployment and, as a result, there are always bored young men wandering around who see themselves as “guides” but are frequently little more than dealers. If you’re approached by someone offering his services, he can almost certainly sort you out or point you in the direction of someone who can, even if he doesn’t initially mention hash.

Marijuana prices: $1-2 a gram. More expensive than the Rif as the dealers have to bribe the police to get their shipments down from the mountains (as they will be keen to tell you).

Marijuana brands: Most of what is available down in the south of morocco is cheap, fairly low quality hash. It is frequently adulterated with henna and it’s therefore worth pressing your dealer for some of the better stuff that he ineviitably keeps and smokes himself. At worst, you are going to buy a lump of hash that British smokers will be familiar with as “soapbar”. At best, there’s some nice stuff down here, though not usually of the quality you find in the Rif mountains.

More information: Essaouira is a sea-side town that has recently begun to transform itself from faded hippy destination to a “Moroccan riviera town”. There are increasing numbers of middle class, middle aged Europeans here. It is also the wind-surfing capital of Morocco with constant wind and relatively shetered, peaceful seas. Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Orson Welles and many others have lived here in the past. There is now a huge and, by all accounts, quite spectacular festival of Moroccan music here every year. Despite its gentrification, it’ still a very nice place.

Taghazoute is just down the coast from Essaouira, towards Agadir. It is Morocco’s board surfing capital and also plays host to large numbers of caravanners from Europe who over-winter here. It’s a pleasant enough place, though a bit dull if you’re not into surfing, drinking cheap spirits and wife swopping! The surfing community guarantees a good supply of hash and other drugs. We saw some poor quality opium here.